El Maestro Sierra PX Sherry
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Half-Bottle of El Maestro Sierra PX Sherry

Item # 37967 375mL
$19.99/ Single Bottle
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Tasting Notes

From a solera that is now in its eighth decade, this elegant dessert Sherry has a dark amber hue, with flavors of crème brûlée, marmalade, and toasted hazelnuts. Not nearly as syrupy as might be expected, it finishes long and clean. Wonderful when slightly chilled, either with rich desserts or on its own.

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Staff Pick Notes

El Maestro Sierra is the crown jewel of sherry in Jerez with roots dating back to 1832. Cooper Jose Antonio Sierra set out to create the best sherries possible but was shunned by the nobility who dominated the business. He later became one of the top almacenistas/stockholders of high-quality sherry, which he would playfully joke about on his labels with hunters (nobles) chasing down a fox (his winery). Sales never took off which left stocks untouched for more than 30 years in soleras from 60 to 100 years old. This PX spends 15 years in the solera system, giving it potent sweetness, depth and complexity. Gingerbread, brown sugar, figs and caramel allure the nose while a decadent mix of vanilla, pecan, and prunes are a perfect match for pumpkin pie and crème brulee.


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